The Perfect Guide To Choosing Your Flooring

Deciding whether to build a home from scratch or to renovate an existing properly, homeowners across Australia have the tough decision choosing the right flooring for their home. Tiles have been the typical option found across Australian homes for years but there has been a transition to using some form of wood flooring to create contrast to tiling on the walls.

The team at Chase Tiles have come together to build the perfect guide to choosing the right flooring for your dream home. We’ve taken the stress out of researching all across the web by compacting a simplistic guide to answer all your questions.

If you’ve haven’t had the chance, pop back to our blog section above to view our previous blog which covers the differences between timber, laminate and hybrid and which is the best option for you.

Location

Before deciding any factors to do with the wood flooring itself, a key element to consider is the location in which the wood flooring will be. If the space is a high moisture area like the kitchen or bathroom where water is likely to spill on the floor; any type of wood flooring is not advised. Wood absorbs water and can damage the fibres of the material if excessive amounts is spilt and thus should not be used in these areas. If it is not a high moisture area then definitely go ahead with the wood flooring!

Flooring Colour

Picking the right colour is a major factor for home owner’s and we completely understand why. Choosing the right colour can really make or break a space so taking the time to getting it right is important. Visualising how the colour may work with your walls and other tiling within the home is key to ensuring you create the contrast and look you desire.

Brown tones are the most common colour to be found within wood flooring. Brown’s create a sense of comfort and warmth within a home therefore creating a welcoming space to friends and family. On the contrary, orange tones instead are exciting and can bring energy to the home. More neutral colour like grey can be versatile for styling and generate a calming and relaxed environment.

White and beige are other common colour choices that make a space feel more open and spacious while provoking a sense of vibrance. Less commonly but a bold choice is black wood flooring. Black wood is not for the faint hearted, but done well can build a luxurious and classy appearance within the home.

Design & Styling

Design & styling can generally be broken up in two ways; the pattern within the wood itself (design) and how the wood is laid out on the ground (styling).

Design

The design of the wood can be quite limited and depends on what the manufacturers and tiling store have available. Generally the graining of the wood is horizontally through the wood with rare cases of it running vertically or diagonally. Some woods may have more shading throughout which can attract the eye while others can be more simplistic; maintaining one colour throughout. It is important to remember that each piece of wood can be slightly different to the next (depending on the type of wood flooring) and thus can look different when laid out next to each other.

Style

Styling of the wood and how you lay it out is all up to you! The most customary way of laying it out is horizontally next to each other, perfectly aligning each end with the next to keep it uniform throughout. But if you are looking to break the norm and stand out, there are plenty of other options. A brick pattern is reasonably common which is quite similar to the common layout but instead of being perfectly aligned, every alternative layer aligned with one another.

Chevron layout is where two wood panels line up to create a ‘V’ shape and all panels going in the same direction. Herringbone is quite similar to chevron but instead of two points meeting precisely to create a ‘V’, instead one side approaches another end from 90 degree angle with one end being slightly longer. There are plenty more unique options that can be found but one we would like to highlight is a mosaic design where a section of area goes in the same direction, with the next changing direction to create a contrasting pattern. All the patterns can stand out and bringing a fresh look to your home without being too over the top.

Furnishings

Furnishings and other styling elements within the home can influence the most effective colour and styling of your floorboards. If there is a particular furniture that you want to be the centre piece of a room, using a more neutral wood flooring with minimal shading and colouring can allow it to be the hero in the room. This is also the case with feature walls that need to stand out to be eye catching.

Using the opposite colour palette for the flooring to furnishings can allow the colours to pop within the furniture. Such as using a darker floorboard (as shown below) enables the grey in the couch and white in the artwork to stand out.

On the other hand using similar colours with the furniture to the floorboards can match and create more of a classical look. Using contrasting colours is more common nowadays but matching colours can still be as stunning; it all depends on the look you are going for.

Room Size and Lighting

Room size can also influence the colour and style chosen. With small rooms or with rooms with lower ceilings, homeowners generally go with a lighter floorboard enabling the room to feel bigger. Lack of natural lighting in a room can result in a similar colour choice to make the room feel spacious and open. With larger spaces or where there is plenty of natural light coming in, homeowners have some flexibility in the colour palette chosen. Depending on the styling of the area, both light and dark shades of floorboards can work well and create the desired look.

Build It The Way You Want To

With all of that in mind, it comes down to YOU! There is no right or wrong way of approaching your flooring project. Trends will come and go but at the end of the day you are going to be living there for years to come! If you need advice or want to test out some colour options, come by to our store where we can help you out. Remember to check out our previous blog to help decide which wood flooring material is best for your home.

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